When I first got to New York City, I was the minority. Not only was I new to the community, I was a Christian.
The church that I work with has three very clear goals: love God, love people and serve the community. Yes, many churches can say they have the same objectives, but do they really live up to them?
The work done on Sunday is not the only day the work is done. In fact, the work should be done every day leading up to Sunday. Then, that is the day we rest and praise God for what He's accomplished.
Working at Swerve Church in Brooklyn has taught me how hard the hustle of church planting is. Every single day you give every ounce of servanthood, and many times you do not even get recognized for it. But, when you do get to see the fruit, you realize God is just so good. You get to be not only His worker, but even see the results.
When you are out serving the community for over two months, expressions start to change. They began with scoffs or complete disregard and turn to awe. They realize that it's not a trap to ask them to give. After earning trust, they want to give everything to God. They want what you have. And if you ask me, it is the best thing you could ever receive.
Stephy Soto is serving as a Go Now missionary in New York.